Kennedy Organization In the Forefront of Elder Care
STRATFORD, NJ -- Kennedy University Hospital locations in Cherry Hill and Washington Township, NJ, have each achieved designation as a NICHE Hospital, joining Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, which in 2014 received NICHE “Senior Friendly” status, a second-tier level of designation.
The NICHE designations signal Kennedy’s dedication to providing patient-centered care for older adult patients. Kennedy’s participation in the NICHE program — a leading elder care nursing program — recognizes the healthcare organization’s evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches that promote better outcomes, positive experiences and improved care for older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for patients, their families and staff.
“Kennedy University Hospital has shown a tremendous commitment to meet the most critical challenge of our times – quality care of older adults,” says Barbara Bricoli, MPA, Executive Director – NICHE. “Kennedy’s dedication to drive continuous improvement processes and enhance care marks them as leaders in the field.”
Kennedy University Hospital’s Stratford location offers an Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit, designed to meet the unique needs of hospitalized older adults (ages 60 and up), while offering support and access to their loved ones. Kennedy’s ACE Unit uses an interdisciplinary approach to help older adults maintain their independence and prevent physical and mental decline while receiving treatment for acute illnesses.
About Kennedy Health
Kennedy is a health services delivery system serving the communities of southern New Jersey. Kennedy meets the community’s healthcare needs at its hospital campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, and at outpatient facilities throughout Camden and Gloucester counties. Kennedy University Hospital is the principal teaching hospital of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Kennedy is also a member of the Penn Cancer Network and the Jefferson Neurosciences Network (JNN). For more information, visit www.kennedyhealth.org
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) is an international program designed to help improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65-and-over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, has over 550 hospitals and healthcare organizations from the U.S., Canada, Bermuda and Singapore in the network. For more information, visit www.nicheprogram.org